Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A65 vs NEX-6

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of SLT A65 vs Alpha NEX-6

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

SLT A65
717 ISO
Alpha NEX-6
1,018 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

SLT A65
3,000 LPH
Alpha NEX-6
2,300 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A65
138 ms
Alpha NEX-6
257 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

SLT A65
54 ms
Alpha NEX-6
23 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

SLT A65
2,800 ms
Alpha NEX-6
2,000 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A65
10 fps
Alpha NEX-6
10 fps

Features Key features of the SLT A65  vs Alpha NEX-6 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

SLT A65
24 MP
Alpha NEX-6
16 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

SLT A65
25,600 ISO
Alpha NEX-6
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

SLT A65
0.71x
Alpha NEX-6
0.71x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

SLT A65
15.3 microns
Alpha NEX-6
22.9 microns

Reviews Word on the street

SLT A65  vs Alpha NEX-6 

9.0
9.0
The inclusion of full 1080p movies, built-in GPS, 10fps burst shooting, and an excellent LCD screen should also help to make the Sony A65 a real contender to equivalent offerings from the Big Two of Nikon and Canon.
SLT A65

8.0
8.0
Raw files also offer the capacity to fine-tune the colours post-shoot, as well as providing the opportunity to pull extra detail out of under and slightly over-exposed areas in high contrast images, allowing you to get the very best from the A65's superb sensor.
SLT A65

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

SLT A65  vs
Alpha NEX-6 
Type CMOS Exmor APS HD CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP 16 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000 4912 x 3264
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 15.3 microns 22.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 3,000 LPH 2,300 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,000 LPH 2,300 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Hybrid detection
Focus points 15 99
Supports continuous No Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 132 x 97 x 81 mm 120 x 67 x 43 mm
Thickness 81 mm 43 mm
Weight 622 g 287 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS Yes No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
Automatic panorama Yes Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes No
Image stabilization
Sensor shift

video

SLT A65  vs
Alpha NEX-6 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm None

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Translucent None
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Electronic
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 1.09x 1.09x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.71x
Display type OLED OLED

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 10 fps
Battery life 510 360
Continuous shooting
10 fps, JPEG
10 fps, RAW, 15 shots
Focus lag 138 ms 257 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 23 ms
Startup delay 2,800 ms 2,000 ms
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